Sunday, September 28, 2008

Yoga?... after midnight!!?

What a beautiful day it was yesterday, and of course we took full advantage of it...inviting a few friends out. So from about 3pm until midnight, I spent the majority of it sitting in one of our patio chairs. Come about 11pm, I realized what a mistake that was. My issues with my sciatic nerve started kicking in. I had to get up and stand, like moron for the rest of the night, mostly. And of course then when I tried to sleep that made it even worse. I was up at 2:30 am doing Yoga poses to try to make the aching pain stop, that didn't work. Usually if I can lay on my left side, the pain subsides and I can get back to sleep, but lastnight, of course... that wasn't working. Nothing was working! So I am up today, tired and getting to do it all over again. If I could just sleep standing up, I'd be good to go. I am going to have to talk to my doctor when I go in next and see if there is anything that I can do about this. However, if I do recall from the last time I had issues with my sciatic nerve, I don't think there is a whole lot I can do. Maybe a massage, but that may be a little difficult to do on my stomach. :) I just hope this doesn't get worse the farther along in my pregnancy I get. :(

Friday, September 26, 2008

Baby's in the way!

I skipped class yesterday morning due to some running around so I thought I would hit up Spin at 4:30 and then stretch it out with Yoga afterwards. I was in the process of putting on my workout pants when I felt something, almost like a softball in the left side of my lower abdomen (which I am sure is the baby) when I lifted my left leg up... it was the strangest feeling, almost like I pulled some ligaments or something. So I took it easy and figured the baby just needed some adjusting. On to class I go, and had a hard time in Spin, I had to sit up straight (hands off the handle bars) the whole time in class, which, normally is fine, but it's harder to get the momentum and the strength that I need, especially during sprints. So I decided today, to not go to my CycleBox class and stick with Yoga...I still get my heart rate up and burn almost as many calories so I should be just fine. Plus, the Yoga instructor today is also pregnant so I can watch her for modifications. Which is VERY nice, since in some of the other classes is hard to know what to do when I know that I cannot do all the excercises, especially those that are on my stomach. It's all good tho, they say that Yoga is one of the best things you can do when you're pregnant so, the least I can do is still take care of myself and make sure that I am not hurting the baby.

Thursday, September 25, 2008


I am super excited! I slept from (about) midnight to 6:30 am, straight thru, without getting up to tinkle! That's the most sleep I have gotten in weeks. How excited am I? So excited I might just pee my pants! :)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Oh my gosh, I think I just felt the baby kick! No wait... that was my husband kicking me. :(

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I have no fears of leaving my kids with grandma!

Sorry mom... but I had to do it because I am proud of you. Love you!

Photo by Lee Bonorden

"Rose Creek — Like it or not, Rita Hanegraaf is a hero.

Wayne Robinson, too, but because Wayne assisted Rita, Hanegraaf earned the hero’s label Wednesday.

The TV reporter called her that in an interview.

Officials from the Mower County chapter of the American Red Cross were there to certify her for nomination for the prestigious “Certificate of Merit” honor.

Only one other Mower Countian has ever received the award: Mike Silvis, an assistant manager at HyVee Food Store in Austin.

Hanegraaf will be the next.

“I was just lucky enough to be there and know what to do,” Hanegraaf said of her actions Tuesday, Sept. 9.

There’s a 73-year-old Rose Creek woman who, everyone agrees, owes her life to Hanegraaf.

Rita Hanegraaf and Wayne Robinson pose in front of the voting machines at the Rose Creek-Windom Township Hall, where the pair helped revive a woman suffering an apparent heart attack on Sept. 9.

Photo by Lee Bonorden

Rita Hanegraaf and Wayne Robinson pose in front of the voting machines at the Rose Creek-Windom Township Hall, where the pair helped revive a woman suffering an apparent heart attack on Sept. 9.

The story unfolded thusly:

The 2008 State Primary Election was being held Sept. 9. Voters in Windom Township and the city of Rose Creek went to the polls to cast ballots at the nearly-new Windom Township Hall and Rose Creek City Hall.

Eight voting judges watched over the voting machines for the township and eight others for the city.

According to Hanegraaf, she was sitting next to an elderly women who appeared to be in some distress. “I said ‘OmiGod, she’s choking’,” Hanegraaf recalled.

First, she attempted the Heimlich maneuver and asked the victim, “Are you choking.” The woman replied “No.”

She shouted for someone to call emergency 9-1-1. The woman was still in obvious distress and unable to communicate. With Robinson’s assistance, they laid her to the floor and began Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on the victim both mouth-to-mouth and chest compressions.

While other horrified election judges watched, Hanegraaf with assistance from Robinson tried to revive the victim.

Seconds, then minutes, ticked away.

Robinson , a retired long-time volunteer Rose Creek firefighter, raced to the township and city fire trucks parked in the multi-purpose emergency services building for an oxygen mask.

None of the trucks, nor the township and city hall offices, were equipped with the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) equipment to revive heart attack victims.

Mower County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at the scene with the AED equipment in their squad cars.

The victim was gasping for breath, but had a pulse. The deputies were able to revive her.

An ambulance was called and the victim was rushed -- alive -- to a hospital for treatment.

Rita Hanegraaf is the office manager for Northern Country Co-op at Rose Creek.

Married, she and her husband, Tom, former dairy farmers, have a son Jim, Austin, daughter Sheila (Mrs. David) Tangren, Elkton, and another son, Jeff, Austin, plus three grandchildren.

Hanegraaf is also the Windom Township treasurer.

And, most importantly in this instance, she has completed CPR and other life-saving training with the Mower County chapter of the American Red Cross.

“All I could say after she was revived was ‘Thank God’,” she said. “I was really calm while I was giving her CPR, but afterwards I just lost it and was very emotional.”

Hanegraaf deflected the suggestion that she was a hero, saying only she was “lucky to be there and to know what to do.”

She has participated in Red Cross training and re-training, including a mock disaster at the Southland Elementary School in Rose Creek. Once she assisted another elderly woman who fell at a farmers’ market and inured herself.

But, saving a life? Never before.

“I was just thankful to be here when she needed me,” Hanegraaf said. “I’m not a hero. I’m just somebody who was there.”

The incident occurred on the morning of primary election day. Later that same day, Hanegraaaf returned to continue her election judge duties and remained until the polls closed and ballots were counted.

In recalling the incident, Hanegraaf said she remembered telling Robinson, who traded doing chest compressions with her, “I have a pulse.” That was a turning point in the emergency.

Hanegraaf said she is most satisfied, “I did the right thing, and I did it right.”

As far as her Red Cross training went, Hanegraaf said, “If I hadn’t had the training, I don’t know what might have happened.

Penny Bartech and Aaron Stewart were present to interview Hanegraaf for the nomination for the organization’s Certificate of Merit award.

Both added their praise to that of onlookers at Wednesday’s ceremonies.

The victim, who asked to remain anonymous, was scheduled to be released from the hospital Wednesday.

When she is released, she will go into an area nursing home for recovery.

Plans are already being made to hold a fundraiser to purchase AED equipment for the firefighters’, city’s and township’s use in life saving incidents such as the primary election day one.

Guess who will be first in line to take the training?"

This story was written in the Austin Daily Herald:

Chocolate Eyes

Look at those chocolate eyes! I promise, to post one of my baby pictures too... but you'll have to settle for just my cute husband's for now...isn't he adorable.

Sciatic Nerve

On a 'not-so-pleasant-note', this issue of what I believe to be my sciatic nerve is starting to really bother me. I was a busy beaver all day yesterday, cleaning and watering our Maples and landscaping... so basically, I didn't sit much. Finally about 6pm, I sat down to do some work on my computer, I did that for about an hour until my mom came over to help me on a few things. I got up and I could feel it numbing my backside and tingle all the way down to my toes. I had a hard time sleeping last night, always tossing and turning trying to find a comfortable position when it would ache. Ugh, will it just go away already! Between that and the constant peeing, I am starting to wonder if I will ever get any sleep before the baby comes. :( I was told too, by a friend, that the constant peeing in the middle of the night (or should I say 24/7) is your body preparing you for feedings when the baby arrives. If that's the case, I'm in for a LONG ride. Cause as of now, since I have a bladder the size of a walnut, I am in the bathroom tinkling every 3 minutes... goodness, what is going to happen when I am 9 months pregnant?! :( Might just as well hook me to a catheter!


I woke up this morning and realized how excited I am to start my own family. To snuggle this amazing creature in my arms and give him/her kisses all the time. To have them snuggle into me when they aren't feeling well or maybe scared and know that they look to my husband and I for security. To start our own family and know that the things they learn from us will shape the adults they become. And, I still can't believe how this little thing is growing inside of me, sloshing around in my belly, 'eating' my leftovers and breathing fluid and once it's all 'grow-ed' up and ready to meet mom and dad, he/she will just pop out and suddenly 'breathe' the air that the rest of the world breathes. It's all so crazy to me, it really makes you realize what a true miracle it is.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning!

I have been a machine today, just cleaning...everything! I have cleaned out almost all of our closets today... man my husband has a lot of 'stuff'. I even skipped my CycleBox class today... I am sure I am burning just as many calories today as I would if I had gone to class, plus I am getting a lot done. I figure I better get it done now before Harvest starts and I will be busy helping my dad (which by the way, should be interesting this year since I am pregnant)!

And, this landscaping... (holy smoly bajoly)...sure takes a lot of baby-ing! I have been watering it all day... it better appreciate all the TLC that I am giving it.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

157 Days to go and finally I found 'fat pants'!

oh and today?...what a beautiful day it was! Other than the emotional roller coaster I was on, it couldn't have been better. But at least I finally have a couple pairs of 'fat pants' I can wear :) FYI-for anyone looking for LONG maternity jeans, shop at A Pea in the Pod... they carry jeans that come in long inseams! Thank goodness!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Ultrasound & Baby Activity

Today we had our first 'big' ultrasound! Talk about amazing...! They tell you to come in with a full bladder, which for me is no problem... considering that I have a bladder the size of a walnut... the problem is 'holding it' for the hour that it takes to do the ultrasound with the tech pushing on your lower abdomen onto the bladder. She had to let me go to the bathroom twice cause my bladder was so full and I was completely uncomfortable, not to mention the baby had hardly any room to move around cause my bladder was pushing into its 'playspace'! Our little one is sure active, it looked like it was dancing the jig when she first started, and by the time she was done it looks as though our little one was taking a nap. I was surprised that I hadn't felt it yet, but she said that my placenta is mainly on top so it might take a bit longer then normal for me to feel the kicking and dancing. We got some good pictures and from the looks of everything, it all seems normal. We heard the heart beat again, and saw it... So that is great news. It turns out too, that our due date has changed...again. Our new due date is February 26. So basically I am 17 weeks pregnant, instead of 16... that was the fastest week ever! :)

Here's our photo's from the day, if you can make any sense of them. Some are easy to see, but a few are kind of tricky!

I call this one my Halloween baby, it looks like he/she is wearing a mask!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Mother Nature Request

I have to agree with Julie for the "Mother Nature request for 364 more days like today!" After class and after my 10 deliveries... I finally got home around 4 and spent the rest of the afternoon outside... watering our landscaping and organizing all that I could find... just to stay outside. It was an absolute gorgeous day! I love the fall, the smells, the crisp crackling leaves on the grass, the colors and the air... ahhhh! :)

Yoga & Exercise

I can tell that classes are getting a little more difficult to do. I usually do CycleBox on Mondays & Fridays, Tuesdays and Thursdays are Pilates and Wednesdays I look forward to my Yoga. Now, in the last couple weeks, I have picked up CycleBox before my Yoga class. It's a great workout and I thought it would be a good idea to get one more class of cardio in. I was wiped out after class today, and truly felt like taking a nap. I can also tell that I have something in my lower abdomen...making it difficult to do a few of the moves in Yoga, like sitting forward fold and childs pose... (two of the more simple poses). Also, I find that I have to sit up straight on the bike in cycle class, with my hands off the handle bars, otherwise the top of my thighs bounce into my belly (baby) and make it slightly uncomfortable. Now, I have no intentions of injuring myself or my baby, so if it means that I have to start toning it down in class, so be it. It will be worth it in the end... the extra pounds that I gain, and extra jiggles...all the more that my baby can snuggle into come this winter madness. I just hope that I can get back into shape as fast as my Yoga instructor has, holy smoley... you can't even tell she had a baby 4 or so months ago! But she works hard for it and deserves it!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Funny Pants

On a quick note, lastnight when I got home, I had received a pair of jeans that I ordered off ebay. Nothing fancy with a demi panel. I held them up to check them out and saw my husband staring at them with the look like "you're not really going to wear those are you?" on his face. I said they are maternity pants, so the baby isn't so constricted. It's not like I or any other women finds maternity clothes all that appealing, but it is just another thing that you are expected to do/wear in order to start a family. It's a good thing that boys don't have to have the baby... what ever would they do?!

Nothing like your husband making you feel sexy... all over again! :(

No Ultrasound and not much luck shopping!

Today we were 'supposed' to have our ultrasound, but as it turns out, our doc never scheduled it. Needless to say, we were both... 'disappointed' ?... for a lack of a better word. I was disappointed, for one, because we were of course looking forward to seeing pictures of our baby and anxious to know that everything was going hear the heartbeat, (we had the dopler done and the heartbeat sounded fine so we were reassured there). Secondly, I was more furious then anything (and I think my husband would agree) that he left work to drive the 40 minute round trip for a 3 minute appointment that was no different then the last time we went in... together! So, now "WE GO BACK" on Thursday for the ultrasound! Grrrrrr! Then I made a friend cry!!

But on a good note, after our appointment my mom and I headed up to the cities to do a little maternity clothes shopping and to check out a few cribs. We found some really nice cribs and will for sure be heading there sometime this winter when my husband isn't jam packed busy to look some more, but I think we have quite a few options with the ones we found today. After the crib session, we maneuvered onto the Galleria to check out a few maternity stores that were highly recommended, one being A Pea in the Pod. This place had some really neat things, and we spent a while in there. The gal that was helping us was WONDERFUL and normally you don't get that kind of 'personal service'. Needless to say, I took full advantage of it. :) I found a few cute things in there and could have easily spent a couple hundred bucks, but beings that I am going to need more stuff come winter, instead of the fall... I pulled out my 'cheap card' and only got a few things instead of splurging.

All in due time right? <-- get it, get???? :) I know, I'm a dork like that...

Now, since my husband was flopping like an in-heat Sea Otter lastnight, I only managed to get about 15 minutes of sleep. On top of the long day and the majority of it (sitting) in a vehicle, my head is throbbing... so off to bed (or the thought of it anyway) I go. Lights out and all Otters aside (I might have to move to another bedroom tonight). Goodnight to all who cares to read my mountain of mumbled words on a page... with a few pictures!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Crappy Skin

Ugh, my skin has gotten horrible... either since I have been off the pill or been pregnant. And it seems like no matter what I use, it's not getting any better. I know that your hormones are supposed to go bonkers when you're pg, but... this is starting be get ridiculous! Oh how I would love to drink my sorrows away tonight! :( But of course, I won't. I suppose I can deal with a BFZ every-now-and-again when the outcome will be so wonderful! What makes it worse, is my husband is looking at me lately like I am the plague. I don't think he realizes all the crap that goes on in your body carrying a baby, and sometimes I don't think he cares to understand. The imperfect skin, the hormone imbalance and the over-all weight gain... :( I suppose when your aren't feeling sexy, it's hard for anyone else to find you sexy! Oh, sometimes, how I wish boys understood and were a little more supportive!


Tomorrow we go in for our first big ultrasound. I am excited, anxious and nervous. I'm sure I'm not the only pregnant woman to feel anxiety before a doctors appointment. I mainly have the anxiety because I think about the possibility of no heart beat or that they could find something wrong. So, only one more night to make it through.

We have the option of doing the dreaded 'blood test' tomorrow, which I do believe we have opted out of. We haven't really talked much about it since the day we were told about the test, but I think we have both decided 'silently' to not do the testing. Will definitely be talking about it this afternoon to make sure we are really on the same page, but I am pretty sure we are both feeling the same about it. <--- even if we aren't, I am the one that says 'yes' or 'no' to the blood test. :) Just kidding...

Saturday, September 13, 2008


Holy crap, I am experiencing my first bought of heartburn, and I sure hope I don't go thru this for the next 6 1/2 months... YUCK! Well, at least I think it's heartburn... I've never had anything feel like this before. It feels like someone is stabbing me in the chest with a dull knife, maybe a spoon... Ugh a mug!!! I think I would take a migraine over this.... :(

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Maternity Clothes

I have decided that my legs are too long. I will be making an appointment tomorrow to have the lower extremities amputated. I looked at the ONLY place in Rochester for maternity clothes, mainly jeans, and of course, they do not carry 'longs' in jeans. Weird I know, considering I have a hard enough time trying to find a regular pair of jeans in longs (now you all know why I live in Silvers). I see there are places online that I can order from, but who knows how they will fit and I really don't want to be spending a small fortune in shipping costs just to 'see' if they might fit. :( ugh, I thought this was going to be fun. I may just have to go to the cities. But to hold me over for now, I got a cute shirt and a pair of my Silvers (extremely low cut, so pardon the random butt crack {as Nora in Nemo says 'swim away, swim away'}) least I can wear them for a while. So if you see me in the same pair of jeans and pink shirt for weeks on end, it's not because I can't afford laundry soap, it's because I am banning 'short' pants.

FYI FOR JODI - when you have kids, you should think about the capri, short season before you conceive, cause you think I am having a hard time with long pants... pretty sure they don't make sizes for daddy long legs. :)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Time for fat pants!

So, I guess I have to break down and buy some maternity clothes. I bought my first pair of jeans on ebay lasntight and am zipping over to Rochester tomorrow to see what I can find. I am excited, I think. But I also think it's too soon... but I guess we are all different, so it really shouldn't matter. Maternity shopping???? I remember going with my sister-in-law 3 1/2 years ago and wondering if I would ever be in her shoes. :) Finally... and I have the perfect man to start a family with.... I couldn't ask for more...well, maybe some ice cream :)

What the hay?

For some reason our little puppy thinks she rules the roost, and since she was in heat the last two weeks we had to keep her separated from our 'small pony', so she spent a little bit of time in the house. I admit, I am at fault for spoiling her. Everytime she would come in she would head right for my lap and snuggle onto my tummy (I swear she knows that I am pregnant).

She could stay there for hours, and would if I let her. My husband, who used to be sooo anti-bringing-her-on-the-bed... now decides he wants her to spend the nights, in bed, with us. Fine, I've been married for over a year now, my husband no longer wants to snuggle with me, so I can handle a little cuddling. We have a king size bed so you would think there wouldn't be an issue with her coming in with us at night....SOOOOOO WRONG. My husband, who normally gets 3/4 of the bed, still gets his 3/4 of the bed and Dakota (our puppy), now think she should get at least that much. She doesn't bother pushing dad over, "why not snuggle into mom" ....MORE! Since I only got an original 1/4 of the bed, I now get an 1/8th, if that. SWEET HUH? Oh and, could our puppy be any more like a human? she snores AND grinds her teeth (I thought I was going to throw up hearing that). Needless to say... she usually ends up getting booted shortly after my husband goes to sleep (which usually only takes about 32 seconds). I have a tendency to stay up and work a little bit and like to watch a bit of the boob tube before I nestle in, so that gives her adequate human, snuggle time. So between the snoring, the ginding of the teeth and the flopping like a croppy...I have a hard time deciphering who the human is. I am wondering what I am going to do when my belly hangs off the only (tiny) part of the bed that I am still allowed? Thank goodness we have two spare bedrooms :) (for my husband, of course)

Monday, September 8, 2008

Ah Ha!

This explains Friday night!

"Dealing with Round Ligament Pain: Another (Good) Excuse to Kick Back

For some women, a possible side effect of uterine growth is what your OB-GYN would call round ligament pain. Basically, these are pregnancy growing pains that feel like achy or sharp pains on one or both sides of the abdomen. These begin to appear around 14 weeks, but they can strike at any time during the second trimester.

Here's why these pains in the abdomen happen during pregnancy: The uterus is supported by thick bands of ligaments that run from the groin up the side of the abdomen (like the lines of that high-cut bikini bottom you've probably had to pack away by now). As your uterus grows, the supporting ligaments stretch and thin out to accommodate the increasing weight. This weight pulls on the ligaments and causes a sharp pain or a dull ache in your lower abdomen.

The pain is often more noticeable when you change positions suddenly or get up from sitting or lying down, or when you cough. The best way to bring relief? Put your feet up and rest in a comfortable position — that should ease the strain, and the pain."

Back Pain

I've noticed the last few days that my lower back has been really sore and almost achey. I figured that I just over did it in Yoga on Saturday, especially since my inner thighs, hips, hamstrings and quads were so sore. I figured it was just from the good class.... After reading some today, I think it might be due to 'relaxin'. Quoted from 'Just like it sounds, relaxin relaxes the joints and muscles in your body to help your pelvis expand and loosens the joints in your hips to make room for baby to come out. It'll also help you do a wicked downward facing dog, so join a yoga class and relish your new flexibility. Relaxin production peeks at 14 weeks and remains in your system until after baby is born.' Now, I don't know about the 'wicked down-dog', but it all makes sense. It is truly amazing to me that all these 'little' things are taking place in my body, to 'make' a baby. It's still all surreal, but quite beautiful. Now, if I could just get my husband to go get that ice cream for me. :)

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Sunday, not so funday!

Another headache/pre-migraine today, man... I thought I was in the clear since I am finally out of the 1st Tri... So I spent most of the day on and off the couch and in and out of the bedroom. Hopefully I don't endure these the rest of my pregnancy.

Saturday, September 6, 2008


We went out with some Friends lastnight for supper and a few drinks afterwards (non-alcoholic for me, of course). Starting even before we received our meal, I had horrible pains in my abdomen... and they just wouldn't go away. I thought when they first started that it was the baby moving, which I have yet to feel, but it turns out the 'pings' that I was feeling were just beginning. I was miserable sitting, standing, and (no thanks to my husband on this one) when I finally got to lay down, they even continued then. They eventually passed after a night of barely any sleep and lots of tossing and turning! Ugh, whatever they were, I can do without. I woke up this morning without any pain, so I headed off to Yoga for a little stretching. It must have done the trick, cause no more pains... :)